Tuesday, September 1, 2009

'Pied Piper of Pedophiles' Among 3 Americans Arrested for Molesting Children in Cambodia

Convicted child molester Erik Peeters, 41. Peeters was arrested in Cambodia as part of 'Operation Twisted Traveler' and returned to the U.S. for prosecution.

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Convicted child molesters arrested in Cambodia as part of 'Operation Twisted Traveler' are brought into custody before being returned to the U.S. for prosecution.

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Convicted child molester Jack Sporich, 74, is arrested in Cambodia as part of 'Operation Twisted Traveler.' He has been flown back to the U.S. to face prosecution.

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An Arizona man nicknamed "the Pied Piper of Pedophiles" is one of the three Americans arrested for allegedly traveling to Cambodia to molest children.

Retired engineer Jack Louis Sporich, 74, was classified as one of California's most dangerous sex offenders in the 1990s, when he spent nine years in prison for molesting more than 500 young boys since the 1960s, MyFOXPhoenix reported.

He was released from a state mental hospital in 2004 after jurors couldn't agree on whether he was at risk of committing more sex crimes against children.

After he left prison, he moved into a luxury condo in Sedona, Ariz. Authorities say he also built a mansion in Cambodia, where he was charged with indecent acts against minors in a case involving four boys there ages 9 to 13, according to MyFOXPhoenix.

Sporich reportedly would lure boys in Cambodia with toys, candy and $1 bills he dropped on the streets as he rode through town on his motorcycle, the station reported.

Sporich and two other convicted sex offenders arrived in Los Angeles on Monday after they were caught in a sting dubbed "Operation Twisted Traveler," a crackdown on Americans who go overseas to have sex with children.

He faces 30 years in prison in the United States, but only three years in Cambodia.

The other two arrested with him are Erik Peeters, 41, and Ronald "John" Boyajian, 59.

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